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The Lost Squadron (1932)

Passed  -  Drama | History | War  -  12 March 1932 (USA)
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Three World War I fighter pilots manage to land jobs in hard times just after the war as Hollywood stunt fliers working for the dictatorial director von Furst.



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Armstrong ...
The Pest
Von Furst (as Erich Von Stroheim)
Ralph Ince ...
Marjorie Peterson ...
Ralph Lewis ...
William B. Davidson ...
Lelewer (as William Davidson)


Three World War I fighter pilots manage to land jobs in hard times just after the war as Hollywood stunt fliers working for the dictatorial director von Furst.

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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.19 : 1
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Pat O'Brien was originally set to star in the film, only to be replaced by Richard Dix. See more »


At the start, during the aerial dog fight, the front aiming machine guns fire too quickly for the bullets to pass through the propellers. See more »


Featured in David O. Selznick: 'Your New Producer' (1935) See more »


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(1917) (uncredited)
Music by George M. Cohan
Strains played during the opening credits
Also played more fully as background music
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Pre-code warbirds
10 June 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this pre-code movie a tad predictable but still enjoyable on several levels. I thought the behind-the-scenes look at the making of a World War I movie in 1930's Hollywood were quite fascinating. Erich Von Stroheim's autocratic director was both menacing and acerbically funny at the same time, although bordering on the campy. Richard Dix as 'Gibby' was only adequate as the central character, but Joel McCrea's naturalism shone through as 'Red'. I found it interesting too, that one of the central themes of this movie was the inadequacy the flyers suffered in civilian life, becoming tramps before riding the rails to Hollywood. They were trained to fly in war, and they end up flying in war movies...the difficulty of adjusting to peacetime was an issue not touched upon much in Hollywood until "The Best Years of Our Lives", almost 15 years later. Finally, to the delight of those of us who love pre-code movies, we are treated to Robert Armstrong giving Dix the bird as Dix tries to coax Armstrong into landing his sabotaged plane!

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